Margo Adams Cited in Mall Store for Shoplifting

Times Staff Writer

A woman whom Costa Mesa police identified as Margo Adams, former girlfriend of Boston Red Sox player Wade Boggs, was arrested Sunday at a South Coast Plaza store on suspicion of shoplifting.

Costa Mesa Police Lt. Sam Cordeiro said the woman was stopped by a security guard at Nordstrom at 4:15 p.m. The woman was accused of shoplifting an article valued at $258.

Cordeiro said that he didn’t know what the item was but that it was recovered at the time of Adams’ arrest.

Adams was given a petty-theft citation by a Costa Mesa police officer who went to the store after she was detained, Cordeiro said. She was then released on her own recognizance, which is a normal procedure in such cases, Cordeiro said.


The woman identified herself both as Margo Adams and Mara Harris Adams, 33, of Santa Ana, Cordeiro said. Cordeiro said the woman was the same Margo Adams who filed a $6-million “palimony” suit against baseball player Boggs.

Suit Against Boggs

Adams claimed in her suit that she gave up a career as a mortgage broker to follow Boggs on the baseball circuit.

Last month the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana weakened Adams’ suit by ruling that she does not deserve payment for alleged emotional distress. The suit left intact, however, the breach-of-contract allegations made by Adams. Adams claims Boggs promised to pay her for accompanying him on trips during the baseball season.


Boggs, married with two children, has acknowledged he had an affair with Adams but has said he never agreed to pay Adams for accompanying him.

His lawyer last month reported him to be feeling “wonderful” after the appeals court tossed out emotional-distress claims in Adams’ suit.

Adams claims she had a 4-year romance with Boggs. She grew up in Orange County and graduated from Magnolia High School in Anaheim.

FBI Involved

In June, 1988, Boggs’ attorney, Jennifer J. King, said the baseball player had contacted the FBI because Adams threatened to send incriminating photos to Boggs’ wife unless he paid $100,000. Adams denied the accusation.

She said the FBI visited her home and told her “it was definitely, obviously a civil matter” and not a criminal issue that they would prosecute.